Local artist Gabriel Buttigieg has just embarked on a new venture overseas in rural West Dorset, attending a residency at Hogchester Arts.
The programme he is attending is founded by artist and curator Chantal Powell, and during his stay he’s sharing his studio alongside fellow artist Simon Linington.
This comes one year after a successful fortnight for Buttigieg at the Clover Mills Art Residency in the Netherlands.
The setting where the residency will be held is described as “an idyllic one, with a diverse and beautiful kaleidoscope of woodlands and streams, and the ever-present bird breeding area”.
Stationed in such a serene landscape, Buttigieg will be in an ideal position to explore the tales of the daily mundane.
Through the symbolic use of animals and humans in sexual union, the artist will set out to challenge boundaries, in his bold and intrepid manner.
By shining a light on that which humans are attracted to on the basis of the carnal instinct, yet instinctively shy away from due to logic, shame, and guilt, the collective shadow will be exposed and embraced.
Where this enterprise will lead Buttigieg is yet to be discovered. In his unique style, he is bound to venture further afield in his creative journey.
Good luck Gabriel!